What do you get when you mix stunning landscapes, a generous host, terrific food, great people, and a class taught by Michelle Ward? Answer – a perfect weekend. This was my first trip to Valley Ridge for a class. I doubt it will be my last. The views from the classroom were amazing especially since the foliage was just starting to turn into those beautiful reds and yellows. I have enjoyed Michelle Ward’s art and her blog for quite a while and now I know why. She is amazing. She is encouraging to all and generous with her ideas and art. Plus if you put a can of spray paint in her hand she turns ordinary things into extraordinary. Soon I’ll post the photos of the art I created there – it still needs a few touches before it’s finished.